Programs

Boston City Singers’ mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide-ranging performance opportunities for young people ages 4-high school, inspire personal development, celebrate diversity, and foster goodwill .

Programs take place throughout the school year, providing music literacy and vocal coaching with Teaching Fellows from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, New England Conservatory, and Longy School of Music of Bard College. (Longy students supported in Boston and Boston in Cambridge)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

All programs perform in at least two “family and friends” concerts each year

Kodály Singing Classes - age 4 - K

Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge

Through singing, dancing, creative movement, and playing percussion instruments, children develop their singing voice, beat competency, and pitch matching.

 

Melody Makers - grades 1-2

Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge

Members develop rhythmic and harmonic skills, learn part-singing through rounds and partner songs.

 

Training Chorus - grades 3 - 5

Jamaica Plain with Dorchester, Cambridge

Learn to read music, play complex rhythmic patterns, and perform in multiple parts, using a wide-ranging repertoire in 2-3 languages.

 

Cantare - grades 6-9

Cambridge (resumes in September 2022)
Dorchester (begins in February 2023)

Intensive classes concentrate on music literacy and vocal coaching with music in 3-4 parts in multiple languages.

When the Dorchester program resumes in January 2023, it will be available to those in grades 6-12 including young men with changing/changed voices.

They often perform at six or more regional events, festivals, and concerts, including those with a full orchestra.

Cantare members may participate in the World Rhythm Ensemble (WRE), studying the complex rhythms of the African diaspora.

Tour Choir - grades 7-12

Dorchester

Tour Choir members rehearse twice a week. With a repertoire of more than 40 pieces in many languages, they perform in more than 15 events annually, often in collaboration with renowned artists. In addition, they work toward international travel every two years. New Tour Choir members participate in the World Rhythm Ensemble (WRE), studying the complex rhythms of the African diaspora.

 

 

 REHEARSAL LOCATIONS

  1. DORCHESTER:  Epiphany School,  154 Centre Street 
  2. JAMAICA PLAIN: Hope Central Church, 85 Seaverns Street 
  3. CAMBRIDGE:  St. James’s Episcopal 1991 Mass. Avenue 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRAM MANAGERS

DORCHESTER and JAMAICA PLAIN
Emma Greenough
emmagreenough@bostoncitysingers.org
603-543-7989 

CAMBRIDGE KODALY, MELODY MAKERS and TRAINING CHORUS
Debbie Slade
debbieslade@bostoncitysingers.org
781-572-2315 

CANTARE
Karlie Traversa
KarlieTraversa@bostoncitysingers.org
815-514-6659

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2022-2023 REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

  1. DORCHESTER PROGRAMS

    • Kodály Singing Class (Age 4 - K) ($400)
      Director: Wendy Silverberg
      Weekly Rehearsals: Wed., 5:15-6:00
    • Melody Makers (Grades 1 - 2) ($400)
      Director: Wendy Silverberg
      Weekly Rehearsals: Wed., 6:00-6:45
    • Training Chorus (Grades 3 - 5) ($550)
      Director: Emma Greenough
      Weekly Rehearsals: until further notice in Jamaica Plain on Sat., 9:00-10:15
    • Cantare (Grades 6 - 12) ($800)
      Director: Jaime Alberts
      Weekly Rehearsals: TBD
    • Tour Choir and World Rhythm Ensemble
      (Grades 7 - 12) ($900 PLUS tour fees)
      Directors: Jane Money, Kimani Lumsden,
      Mathew Leese
      Weekly Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 plus
      2-3 Saturdays/mo. 1:30-5:30
  2. JAMAICA PLAIN PROGRAMS

    • Kodály Singing Class (Age 4 - K) and
      Melody Makers (Grades 1 - 2) ($400)
      Director: Wendy Silverberg
      Weekly Rehearsals: Sat., 9:15-10:00
    • Training Chorus (Grades 3 - 5) ($550)
      Director: Emma Greenough
      Weekly Rehearsals: Sat., 9:00-10:15
  3. CAMBRIDGE PROGRAMS 

    (Cambridge Children's Chorus division)

    • Kodály Singing Class (Age 4 - K) ($400)
      Director: Wendy Silverberg
      Weekly Rehearsals: Monday, 4:00-4:45
    • Melody Makers (grades 1 - 2) ($400)
      Director: Wendy Silverberg
      Weekly Rehearsals: Thursday, 3:45-4:30
    • Training Chorus (Grades 3 - 5) ($550)
      Director: Wendy Silverberg
      Weekly Rehearsals: Thursday, 4:45-5:45
    • Cantare (Grades 6 - 9) ($800)
      Director: Jaime Alberts
      Weekly Rehearsals: Tuesday, 4:15-6:15
Student singing and dancing
Kimani on drums
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